• Jon Forrest


The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest


The word chaff appears in the Old Testament 16 times and twice in the New Testament. Chaff is the part of the wheat that you don’t eat. Its job is to hold the grain in place and keep it connected to the stalk. Whenever the wheat was harvested in old days the crop would be poured out onto a flat space called a winnowing floor. The farmer would use the winnowing fork to throw the wheat up into the wind. The wind would blow through the grain and separate the grain from the chaff. The wheat kernel which is the heavier part would fall back to the ground while the light chaff would be caught by the wind and be blown away like powder. This was the process of making the wheat useful and edible. Once harvested the chaff becomes useless to do anything of value.

The Bible uses this analogy to describe what God does to sin our lives when we surrender our lives to him. John the Baptist described what happens when we join our lives with God, His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Luke 3:17

Fire has cleansing properties to destroy what its impure and preserve what is valuable. God has called us to rescue what is good in us and to blow away what is bad. He purifies us like David asked the Lord to do that in his life in his Psalm of repentance in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Chaff is also used to describe how God weens out the righteous from the wicked. Psalm 1:4-5 gives an example. “Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

The blood of Christ serves as the purification, or winnowing, of our lives from the sin in our lives. Has the chaff in your life been blown away? You and I must yield our lives to God so that he can remove the chaff and remove us from the chaff of the world so we can live eternally with him.

This Sunday I will be sharing with you and the 2021 Graduates a message from Psalm 1 titled, Choices Make the Difference. The choices we make every day will determine whether, or not, God can work in us for success. Join us for a great day of worship and celebration.

Un-chaffed with you,


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